The Fender Stratocaster - The Fender Stratocaster AKA "Strat" is an icon of the musical instrument industry. The Stratocaster was first introduced in early 1954. The Strat's double cut ash body design was based on the Fender precision bass and features an semi- symmetrical double cut contoured body. The pick guard actually followed the contours of the guitar rather which resulted in a new look for Fender. CBS purchased Fender in the mid 60's and as a result hard core collectors often prefer "Pre-CBS" stratocasters. The vulnerable stratocaster is still in production and as popular as ever with over 1 million guitars produced since it's introduction. I've photographed a number of great stratocasters over the years. Believe it or not I actually prefer heavily used well worn stratocasters, they seem to have more character and you can almost hear the stores they have to tell.
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